Meet the Team

Destination Travel was founded in 2006 and has built a reputation as the best travel agency in Quincy, Illinois, and greater St. Louis areas. Our Travel Specialists bring their deep passion and knowledge of travel to create a personal, worry-free vacation for you.

Lori Shannon

Owner

As owner of Destination Travel with over 25 years in the travel industry and six continents visited, I truly believe my job as a Travel Specialist is to make your life easier! I've visited too many places to list! But I can tell you if I have not been there, someone on our team has and we don’t sell anything we haven’t touched, ate at, drank at, stayed with or enjoyed ourselves! We have definitely “Been there, Stayed there!” Travel is my life and passion!

We can set up a range of trips from an all-inclusive vacation on the beach or cruises in the Caribbean to a campervan stay in New Zealand or riding elephants in Africa. I love the clients that step out of their comfort zone and want to go to the “different” destination and will allow me to help them take that step and cross that destination off of their bucket list.

Kassie Casey

Kassie Casey

Travel Specialist

I have been a Travel Specialist since 2012 and have found that my favorite aspect of travel is romance travel, i.e. destination weddings, honeymoons, anniversaries, vow renewals, etc. It is such a special moment in a person’s life and I love helping them to plan these momentous events to create lasting memories! I also enjoy planning family and group travel.

My favorite destination is Jamaica. I love the way the island culture is so laid back and “no worries mon.” The beach, food, and service are all excellent and they have amazing adult only resorts to enjoy!

Lindsay Holtschlag

Lindsay Holtschlag

Travel Specialist

I have experienced travel on a personal level and now have been a Travel Specialist at Destination Travel in 2014. I love it! It is so rewarding to help my clients plan their vacations. My favorite destination is Jamaica. It is a beautiful island and the people are amazing and live a laid back life style which just helps you relax when you are visiting their beautiful island!

Katie Cernea

Katie Cernea

Social Media Director

I'm addicted to travel, and a long time Destination Travel client. Whether it's a fishing trip on Lake Michigan or an adventure to South Africa, I'm game for the trip. Travel exposes us to the new and different ways of being and thinking. You return home changed and feeling different! Growing is inevitable when you travel and it's why I started working at Destination Travel Specialists in 2016. Let’s keep traveling!

Casey Francis

Casey Francis

Digital Strategist

Travel is always a good idea. I'm forever open to an adventure whether it's a weekend getaway to Wisconsin, a road trip through the Southwest, or a week skiing in Aspen. My favorite thing to do when traveling is to eat my way through new places! This is why I'm always on the hunt for local restaurants, coffee shops, and breweries.

The best travel advice I've ever heard is 'Keep it Simple.' And this is why Destination Travel is so valuable. We bring expertise, personalization, and peace of mind to your vacation.

Melissa Bright

Travel Specialist

I have been in the travel industry going on two years now. Travel is something that has always meant a lot to me. Meeting different people, being a part of different cultures, seeing new places, it’s something that is priceless. I know how it feels to experience that, and it makes me happy to be able to do that for my clients as well. Everyone has a dream place they want visit and it gives me great pleasure to be able to create those special moments for people. I am a beach girl, so Jamaica is a personal favorite. I love the culture and you can’t beat the sunsets in Negril or jumping off the cliffs into the ocean at Ricks Cafe.

A getaway is good for the soul whether it's a couple days or a few weeks. Getting you on a dream trip or your annual vacation is what makes all of us happy.

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